I thought that since I frequent this board, I should contribute a topic about a favorite chain. I grew up in Philadelphia, PA where good-to-magnificent hoagies abound. Back in 2005, I moved to Nashville, TN. I discovered that Southerners do not know how to make sandwiches, let alone hoagies (you can't make a sandwich worth eating without bread worth eating). Subway was not an acceptable substitute, and the places that tried to replicate a Yankee-style hoagie often had excellent quality ingredients, but something was often lost in translation. Usually the bread. Anyway, a few years after I moved down there, Jimmy John's opened near Vanderbilt University.
Now, I moved back to Philadelphia in 2012. Places where you can get good-to-magnificent hoagies abound here. However, in Nashville, they were a lifesaver. Their hoagies would have qualified in Philadelphia as pretty good, solid hoagies. You wouldn't go out of your way for them, but you wouldn't refuse to get a sandwich from them either. However, in Tennessee? In Tennessee, they officially qualified as stellar. The white bread was a touch crusty, soft enough inside to collapse around the meats, but a bit tough so it wouldn't turn to paste as it absorbed the oil and vinegar, the fat from the meats, and the juices from the veggies. Their deli meats were good, the veggies were fresh, and their tuna tasted fresh and good. I became a regular, and I always got the Italian or the tuna.
Any other Jimmy John's fans here?
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